It is just rumor-- but I think we have the new victim of the Calwin Curse
Fans of the successful ongoing Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes TV Series are about to be disappointed. As my sources have confirmed to me, Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Animation studios, has cancelled the currently successful series in favor of a new Avengers Cartoon that will be produced by Marvel's newly acquired studio (MAS) and will be inline with and in the same universe as the currently airing Ultimate Spider-man cartoon.
My sources have also added that not to expect an official announcement until the fall, as Marvel does not want ratings to drop for the second season of Avengers Earth Mightiest Heroes which has just started on April 1st and is being met with a tremendous positive response.
Apparently, the initial plan of the new Avengers show consist of only self contained, standalone, episodes as opposed to story arcs, as Loeb has made it very clear that he dislikes TV show stories to run across several episodes. The new Show will be on air by Fall 2013.
The Avengers Earth Mightiest heroes is currently one of the most successful series on Disney XD, and was met with very positive response from fans of all ages. Unfortunately, much like the great Spectacular Spider-man series, the show will be cancelled in favor of a new cartoon that seems to be addressed to younger children like the currently, not so positively met, Ultimate Spider-man.
More insider news regarding Ultimate spider-man will follow in the next few days. Stay tuned on my Marveltv blog on comicbookmovie.com
I found the following Jeph Loeb qoutes from 2 interviews regarding a 3rd season for Avengers EMH:
SUPERHERO TOONIVERSE: The animated AVENGERS is finished, right? There’s no season three currently in production.
JEPH LOEB: I can only tell you that we’re committed to The Avengers universe and that’s as far as I can go.
A second interview from Toonzone had the below quote:
TOONZONE NEWS: In light how The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes started development before the Disney acquisition some years back and it was animated by another studio, will this be the final season of the show and will a new animated series be made instead?
JEPH LOEB: We have big plans for The Avengers.
TOONZONE NEWS: So do you think the show will get a third season?
JEPH LOEB: I can just tell you we have big plans for The Avengers and that's all I can tell you right now.
Both the above quotes makes it clear that Marvel is committed to the Avengers franchise on TV but not avengers earth Mightiest heroes. Which is in line with our sources, as there will be avengers on TV but not Avengers Earth Mightiest Heroes.
I have also contacted both Joshua Fine and Chris Yost, writers and producers of Avengers Earth Mightiest heroes, and both confirmed to us that they have not heard anything about a 3rd season.
Me: Any chances avengers EMH would get a 3rd season?
Joshua Fine: I can't really answer that question as I don't know what conversations have happened there, in the year since I left Marvel.
Chris Yost: i am not involved in such decisions. i just write.
I found the below comment from Jeph Loeb to http://www.collider.com
where Jeph basically confirms that Ultimate spider-man will not have over reaching arcs like Avengers and that was his decision:
LOEB: That’s certainly something that we’re talking about. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has a tremendous following. One of the things that’s very unique about that show is that it was at a time prior to my coming in. It is a very serialized show, and there are a lot of characters. What we wanted to do with Spider-Man, and going forward, was to tell stories that are individualized. Obviously, we want everybody to watch the show every week, but we also know that people’s time is often taken. So, DVR the show, but if you’re not going to do that, the idea is that you will be able to catch up. I don’t ever want anybody to sit down on Sunday mornings at 11 o’clock and suddenly feel like, “Well, I lost the last three episodes, so I don’t really know what’s going on.” The only thing that is a two-parter is the pilot, which will actually be shown in its entirety on Sunday, April 1st.
It is also interesting to note that the second half of Avengers EMH season 2 will have only self contained episodes, since Jeph took control over marvel animation when only 13 episodes of season 2 we made, hence the second half of the season (the part under his helm) will contain only stand alone episodes.
So Jeph Loeb is singlehandedly destroying Marvel animation and I get the blame for it?
There's more than a little bit of hyperbole there, but I'm not interested in a "new" Avengers toon. It's not broken. The viewers love it. Why eff with it? Sigh. I hope this is really just a rumor. And from this point forward, whatever malady that I encounter will be aptly named a "Stew".